Oregano contains vitamins A,C, E, and K, manganese, folate, magnesium, iron, fiber, niacin, zeaxanthin, carotenoids lutein, and cryptoxanthin. It possesses detoxifying properties as well, which makes it beneficial for treating many conditions, including balancing hormones.
Oregano has one of this highest antioxidant activity ratings, and is listed Listed at 175,925 for oxygen radical absorbance capacity or ORAC value. As a matter of fact, it contains over 42 times the antioxidant punch of apples.
As for dried oregano, it is worth mentioning that it contains numerous compounds, including volatile essential oil, borneol, rosmarinic acid, and triterpenoids, meaning oleanolic and ursolic acid.
OREGANO IN COOKING: REDUCED OXIDATION BY 71 PERCENT
Oregano is highly versatile and thanks to its aromatic flavor it goes well with many food, including veggies, eggs, and salad dressings. It is recommended to add it to meat before cooking it, as it may diminish the toxic compounds formed during the cooking process.
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